“My Name is Mathias” by The Burning Hell
Aside from being part of the busy team that planned, organized and executed the Lawnya Vawnya festival that St. John’s just enjoyed, Mathias Kom has also been busy writing and recording a new album with his phenomenal band The Burning Hell. We received a copy of Flux Capacitor last week at Scope headquarters and I have been listening to it non-stop ever since. I genuinely could not pick a favourite track to feature today as every song on the album is uniquely beautiful, so I just went with the first song “My Name is Mathias” which is a mini autobiography about how Mathias Kom came to be. Inspired by a high school creative writing teacher who advised him to “write about what you know,” Mathias’ lyrics are charmingly clever and blatantly autobiographical. There are songs about the glory days of 80′s entertainment (“Nostalgia”), Marty McFly’s plight in Back to the Future (“Like An Anvil”), pirates (“Pirates”), fairytales (“Bedtime Stories”), letting go (“Let Things Slip Away”) and separation anxiety caused by working night shifts (“One Works Days and One Works Nights”). “Kings of the Animal Kingdom” is a heart-wrenching tale of pet euthanasia and becoming a vegetarian that I honestly can’t get through with welling up. Supporting Flux Capacitors’ solid song-smithing is some outstanding musicianship from the all-star line-up of Alison Corbett (violin), Natasha Hartery (baritone sax), John Duff (trombone), Darren “Boobie” Browne (guitar), Ariel Sharratt (clarinet) and Jake Nicoll (percussion). Flux Capacitor is one of the greatest albums I’ve heard in quite a while and if you get the chance to pick it up, you will not be sorry. The Burning Hell are also about to embark on an extensive Canadian/European summer tour which kicks off Friday, April 29th at The Ship with Mark Bragg and Kindness Killers and carries on into late July. You can also catch Mathias Kom solo tonight (Wed, April 27th) at The Rose and Thistle with Kite Hill, The Drows and Kindness Killers.